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Book review: Agile Coaching

This will be my first book review since I left school in the mid-nineties: I’ve set on a plan of reading one book a month, and to review the book so that I improve not only my writing but also my understanding of the book itself. First up isĀ Agile Coaching by Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley, a book that came highly recommended as a guide for my first steps in coaching software teams.

As you would expect from the title this book deals with the coaching of agile teams; not only does it give sound practical advice on coaching a team through the software process, but also hints and tips on improving your own coaching ability and talks the about the frame of mind required for a good coach. However the book is not just for coaches: anyone working in an agile team will find lots of helpful information to increase their understanding of the process, and as the first book to deal with coaching in an agile setting specifically it couldn’t have come soon enough.

Contained within Agile Coaching is information that will be useful to not only someone new to the agile world but also old-hands, whether working in a coaching capacity or as a member of an agile team. The personal anecdotes make it easy see that the authors have already been through the pain and are allowing you to learn from their suffering and not experience it yourself. The structure of the book means it can not only be read cover to cover, which I have no doubt you will do, but will also act as a reference that you can dip in and out of as circumstance demands.

This is definitely a book I can see myself coming back to regularly.

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  • Rachel Davies says:

    Thanks for taking the time to write-up your review of our book. I’m glad you found the book useful. We certainly learned a lot about coaching through the writing process which forced us to reflect deeply on our experiences coaching agile teams.

    March 16, 2010 at 22:16
  • Olaf Lewitz (@OlafLewitz) says:

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    January 31, 2011 at 13:09